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Old 06/16/11, 11:26 AM
 
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Incoming 000-000-0000 calls

I do not know the appropriate place to post this so here goes.

For the last 3 days I have gotten numerous incoming calls on my cell phone showing 000 000 0000 as the origin. I ceased to answer after realizing the first one was not a legitimate phone number. My question is, if you have had this occurrence what did you do? I do not want to change phone numbers if I can avoid doing so. My phone company will not block the number and my phone itself does not have the feature on it to block numbers. Your thoughts are appreciated. TIA

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Old 06/16/11, 11:48 AM
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i just googled it and it seems that there is an online service that can provide a fake phone number to mask the true number on caller ID. 000-000-0000 seems to be popular. it could be individuals or organizations. there is also speculation that that number may have been owned by a certain phone company once...but the anecdotal evidence on the web is sketchy.

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Old 06/16/11, 11:49 AM
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I hit the button onthe side to stop it from ringing and go on about my business.
Alternatly you could answer it and find out who it is.

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Old 06/16/11, 12:13 PM
 
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Who is your cell phone company? If it's one of the big ones, there usually is a way to block. I know that with Verizon I can block up to six numbers at one time. The block expires after 6 months.

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Old 06/16/11, 12:23 PM
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I think it's just the latest way to get around caller IDs. If a private number shows up, we let it go to the answering machine, the same happens if we get any 000 numbers pop up. They are probably hiding their number for a reason, probably someone you don't want to hear from. LOL

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Spoofing. It is quite common. One scam outfit in Florida uses spoofed numbers without regard to who might be inconvenienced, resulting in angry calls to homeowners who have no clue why people are calling and screaming at them.

Phone companies won't block 800 numbers, or numbers like this. All you can do is not answer and hope for it to stop. One more reason I hate phones.

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Old 06/16/11, 03:12 PM
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There are quite a few places that will help you spoof your number like this. It's generally a telemarketer or a collection agency.

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Old 06/16/11, 04:37 PM
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We had a 000-000-000 number call us on our cell last week. When I answered it, it said my husband's name, and stated that he was to call this other number. I'm assuming it was a bill collector. Last night I received a call on my cell with the number 44....I didn't answer that one lol

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I think it's just the latest way to get around caller IDs. If a private number shows up, we let it go to the answering machine, the same happens if we get any 000 numbers pop up. They are probably hiding their number for a reason, probably someone you don't want to hear from. LOL
I use Skype for all my long distance calls ( 3 bucks/mo ) and the number on the other end shows up as "unknown"....so it may be somebody you know trying to reach you.
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If it is legitimate or someone you know, they will leave a message if it is important. I don't answer phone calls if I don't recognize the number.

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Are you on the Do Not Call registry?
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Old 06/17/11, 08:44 PM
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I waiting to see how the telimarketers and con artists would get into calling people on their cells, this looks like it.

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Old 06/17/11, 10:01 PM
 
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we get them once in a while form the 000 numbers usually along the lines of "insert name" your home warentee is about to expire...
or "insert name" lower your credit card interest rates

ect...so far theyve been telemarketers.

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I've found a GREAT feature on my last two cell phones. On my old one I could set the ring tone to "No Sound". On the newest one that feature wasn't available but I can set it to "beep". It gives one relatively unobtrusive beep. Calls I don't want only disturb me one time, long enough for me to figure out I don't want to talk to them. Then I set the ring tone for that number to the most silent option available!

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Old 06/18/11, 10:52 AM
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If I don't recognize the number, I let it go to the answering machine. If it's an important call (doctor, dentist, etc...) they will leave a message. Telemarketers usually don't. Eventually the calls stop when they realize I'm screening calls and they won't get anywhere.
My family and friends know I screen calls so they will leave a message. If they are calling from an unfamiliar number they will wait for the machine and then ask me to pick up.
Putting your name on a no-call list also helps, but I still get calls from solicitors.

My privacy is important to me so I don't feel bad by not answering a phone call that is unsolicited. It's my home and I decide who comes into it. The same goes for cell phone.

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Old 06/19/11, 04:22 PM
 
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I never answer calls from numbers I don't know. Same for texts. Very few people have my number and I prefer it that way. The ones who do have it have special rings the others get my reject button.

Although whenever I have to fill out a form I put 000-000-0000 - promise it isn't me, I don't have enough minutes to prank call anyone.

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I think I may have a temporary solution for the incoming 000 000 0000 calls. I bought a software program called BuzzOff and loaded it to my phone. It blocks incoming calls by picking up and then hanging up without the phone ringing.
Thanks to everyone for support.

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Old 06/20/11, 04:30 AM
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just answer

ello ewe ease deese ,deese ease me, ewe ease deese. then start singing itsy bitsy spider or fuzzy wuzzy bear with a heavy lisp or crazy accent. keep answering doing crazy stuff maybe screaming and going off on a tangent then just breath heavy for a while and on the third or forth call answer "Rainbow Mental Health Facility, can I help you" in your deepest most authoritative voice. they usually don't call any more.

I also put a message again in my deepest most authoritative voice , on the voice mail once that was pretty good all I ever heard was click but it stated something to the effect

" you have reached a special government hot line,this hot line is for official use only,any other use is a violation of law and will be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent. all calls are logged and monitored. if you have reached this number in error hang up now,other wise stay on the line to conduct your official business."

got the idea from those little enlistment post cards. of course if you use the line for business or such hard to do that sort of thing but I had telemarketer central going on for a while as well as some really blood thirsty bill collectors. after a week of letting it go to voice mail the phone was mine again.

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Old 06/20/11, 04:43 PM
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My phone has an option to send a call directly to voice mail. That's handy.

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Old 06/20/11, 08:27 PM
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I think I may have a temporary solution for the incoming 000 000 0000 calls. I bought a software program called BuzzOff and loaded it to my phone. It blocks incoming calls by picking up and then hanging up without the phone ringing.
Thanks to everyone for support.
Sounds like a great program!

Another thing is if you have a Panasonic cordless phone, there is an option in the menu to block certain phone numbers. Every time we buy something from Sears, it brings about a hail of calls wanting to sell us the service contracts. They call from two numbers and both are blocked. One ring and then nothing.... makes me smile every time.
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